Islanders’ Martin suspended for 2 games

New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin has been suspended by

the NHL for two games for a blindside check to the head of Phoenix

forward Vernon Fiddler.

The league announced the penalty Monday. Martin is scheduled to

sit out Wednesday against Tampa Bay and Thursday at New Jersey. He

can return to the lineup Sunday when the Islanders host


Martin was given a minor penalty for charging when he hit

Fiddler in the first period Saturday.

Martin has two goals, no assists and 37 penalty minutes in 22

games this season. The suspension will cost him $6,792.12 in

salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance